USU closes building after student makes threats

Utah State University’s ROTC building reopened Wednesday after threats made by a student caused concern.”We took the incident very seriously,” said John DeVilbiss, USU’s public relations executive director.The building was closed Monday and Tuesday after a male student, unhappy with his status in an ROTC program, verbally threatened violence.USU’s behavioral intervention team – made up of counseling personnel, police and university administration – met with the student Tuesday to get to the bottom of what was troubling him. DeVilbiss said he feels confident the issue was resolved, and no criminal action was taken against the student.”We’ll continue to provide the student with as much help and support as he needs,” DeVilbiss said.Student safety comes first in situations like these, DeVilbiss said. University officials are always looking for suspicious and potentially hazardous situations. When a red flag is raised, the behavior intervention team works with the individuals in question to solve the problem.”You can’t guarantee that you can solve all the problems, but at least if you’re aware of all the signs you can help to diffuse potential problems, and this is a good example of that,” he said.USU is still a safe campus, DeVilbiss said, and the “high caliber of students helps to make it that way.”USU’s student body is made up of more than 25,000 people, which is enough to make up a small city, DeVilbiss said. Within a student population of this size there will be many different personalities and tempers. Any population of this size will have to deal with these kinds of situations, he said.DeVilbiss said the seeming increase in violent threats against the university says less about the mental stability of students on campus and more about “the unfortunate reality of the times.” Today’s climate seems to highlight these kind of incidents more, he said.- rachel@cvdaily.com

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